Evaluation of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for Maritime Search and Rescue (Joint Canadian/U.S. Coast Guard Experiment)
Interim rept. Mar 1989-Feb 1991
COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT
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Three experiments were conducted in 1989 and three more were conducted in 1990 by the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development RD Center to evaluate night vision goggles NVGs for their effectiveness in detecting small targets at night. Three types of NVGs have been evaluated the ANAVS-6 Aviators Night Vision Imaging System ANVIS NVG has been tested onboard U.S. Coast Guard HH-3 and CH-3 helicopters, and the ANPVS-5C and ANPVS-7A NVGs have been tested onboard U.S. Coast Guard 41 -foot utility boats UTBs and a U.S. Coast Guard 210-foot medium endurance cutter and a Canadian Coast Guard 234-foot 71.5-meter ship. During the fall 1990 experiment in the waters of Canso Bank off the coast of Nova Scotia, the medium endurance cutter and Canadian Coast Guard ship were employed in realistically-simulated search missions for 4- and 6-person lighted and unlighted life rafts with retroreflective tape. This interim report discusses the results of the Canso Bank experiment.
- Protective Equipment
- Escape, Rescue and Survival